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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 34-37
Case Report

Hepatitis E: A Newcomer to the Hepatitis Alphabet – Case Report and Review of the Literature

Karl Weiss, Louise Poirier, Sylvain Varin, Claire Beliveau, and Michel Laverdière

Département de Microbiologie–Infectiologie, Hôpital Maisonneuve–Rosemont, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Received 17 February 1994; Accepted 28 April 1994

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The first Canadian case of hepatitis E is described in a patient who travelled to Asia for a six-month period and spent most of his time in India. Hepatitis E shares some similarities with hepatitis A, notably the mode of transmission and the absence of chronic course. However, a few important differences have been noted, including a higher mortality rate and a high fatality rate in pregnant women. Hepatitis E is very common in developing countries and should be suspected more often in individuals with gastrointestinal complaints returning from endemic areas.